Relationship Between Gun Control Policies And Gun Crime Rates

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In the second amendments to the U.S. Constitution, it is stated that the right of people to keep and bear arms should never be infringed under any circumstances to ensure the security of a free state. However, it seems that this amendment has been misinterpreted by many Americans since the country has seen many innocent souls falling due to high gun crimes. And that is why I decided to write a research paper to answer one question: a question that states, “To what extents, does strict gun control policies by the governments reduce gun crime rates?” And this writer strongly argues that stricter gun control policies by the governments will reduce gun crime rates significantly. I personally believe my research is very important because it will provide the evidences that leaders around the globe who are struggling to combat the rising gun crime rates needs to take aggressive roles so that no more people has to live in fear of being killed by people with weaponries like handguns.

Indeed, it is very clear that a striker gun control policy will bring positive impacts of reducing gun crime rates. This writer personally believe this is to be the case because several governments who has introduced striker gun control laws has been seeing continuous reduction in crime rates that involved arms like handguns.

South Korea was one of the country that allowed its citizens to possess weaponries in order to protect themselves from sudden attack from the communist North. Above data were collected by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea between 1950 and 1968. According to the above data, the gun crime rates had risen ever since 1950 in average of 3% every years. In order to combat the rising gun crimes throughout the country and illegal smuggling of armaments (According to the Ministry of Justice, total of 15,000 weapons were brought to the South Korean soil via illegal smuggling between these specific period of time ), the R.O.K. government had passed striker gun control policies in 1972 and 1978. Both policies clearly stated, anyone who has been found guilty of selling/buying or even possessing firearms will be sentence to 15 and 20 years in prison with minimum of 50,000,000 and 75,000,000 KRW which about US$50,000 and US$75,000 respectively. And the National Assembly, the legislative body of the country, at the same time ordered increase in the number of marine police stationed in all the major Korean ports by 13.5 percent by 1980 . Because of such tough gun laws by the South Korean government in 1972 and 1978, gun crime rates has been continuously decreasing (around 3 percent every year) since 1980.
Another example that supports my hypothesis is what the government of the Republic of Indonesia has done in mid and late 80s to combat serious number of deaths occurring due to rising gun crimes rate in the country between 1975 and 1983. According to the CIA World Fact Book, the number one cause of death in Indonesia between these periods of...

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